In Brazil, about 85% of the population lives in cities. With this, “lixo” (rubbish or garbage) has become a major problem. By law, it is the municipalities who manage the collection and disposal of solid waste. However, according to the IBGE, 76% of rubbish is dumped in the open and visible along roads and dams which then overflow during the rainy season. Bear in mind that each Brazilian produces approx. 1 Kg of household waste per day, so if the person lives for 70 years they will have produced around 25 tons. Multiply that by the population of Brazil, and you can imagine the scale of the problem.
In the Communities the problem is intensified as rubbish collection is made from a central point usually at the top or bottom of the favela or there is a problem with dumping rubbish throughout the community. Over time this seeps into the ground and this, coupled with the heavy rains over the last few years can cause landslides in an already precarious housing situation of favela houses built into the hillsides. This was the cause of several deaths in the Prazeres Favela during the heavy storms of April 2009.
So the focus of the second Peeps from Within is the very topical issue of “Lixo”: